When it comes to the ultimate beach vacation in Costa Rica, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste is one of the best places to do so. At first glance, the beach is not that impressive and what people don’t know is that right around the corner are stunning white sand beaches that you can have all to yourself.
The only way to enjoy these beaches is to go on a private boating tour in Playas del Coco since most of these beaches are boat access only. As the Gulf of Papagayo is huge, there are so many hidden beaches that you can spend days exploring them all.
We’ve gone boating in Playas del Coco many times and in our experiences, our favorite memories have always been with our friend who owns a boating company in Coco.
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About the Private Boating Tours in Playas del Coco
Our friend Marcy is a Costa Rican who has been living in Coco for over 30 years. He grew up Escazu but his outdoor loving parents took him to Guanacaste every holiday and school break.
30+ years ago, there weren’t the amount of tourists in Coco like there is now and they enjoyed the pure beach life. It was these childhood memories that made him move to the coast and go out in the ocean as much as possible.
Fast forward to today, he now owns his own boat company in Coco. He surfs as much as he can, fishes when he gets a chance and takes people out on his boat so they can discover the tremendous beauty of the Gulf of Papagayo.
We have partnered with him so that our readers can enjoy his amazing boat tours in the Gulf of Papagayo!
Playas del Coco Private Boat Tours
The private boat tours offered are beach hop and snorkeling, fishing and surfing. We can combine any of them, but the most popular is the beach hopping and snorkeling.
Gulf of Papagayo Boating Tours: Beach hopping and snorkeling
First of all, boating in the Gulf of Papagayo is incredible. Every time we go beach hopping, we have an amazing time. The beaches the tour goes to are all boat access only and have white sand and crystal clear waters.
You can watch a quick video of one of our favorite beaches that we always go to when we go boating in Playas del Coco, Playa Huevo.
In addition to beach hopping and snorkeling, you can see lots of wildlife. During certain times of the year, you can see whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays.
We don’t have specific whale or dolphin tours but the rich waters of the Gulf offer many wildlife watching opportunities. It is common to see turtles, dolphins and manta rays boating in the Gulf of Papagayo!
Furthermore, July – December, you can see whales and turtles because it is their breeding and migration season. (You can read more about Costa Rica wildlife and whales in Costa Rica). We have seen humpback whales in February, March, July and August before. September is also a good month to see babiy whales.
Watch our short snorkeling video to see what it’s like!
We also offer some extra toys to bring for the tours: a wakeboard and tube.
The wakeboard is a bit harder if you’ve never done it before. Due to that reason, I recommend the tube if you want to have some extra fun. But both are perfect to add a bit more excitement to the trip.
You can also request a stand up paddle board.
All the beaches the tours goes to are calm and are perfect for learning how to SUP if you are a beginner.
From Playas del Coco, one of the best spots in Costa Rica is just a 50 minute boat ride away: Witch’s Rock. This spot is suitable for advanced beginners (on a small day), intermediates and experts. This spot is inside the Santa Rosa National Park at one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica. *Please note this spot is not for surf lessons, beginners or first timers You must be at least intermediate level for Witch’s Rock and advanced beginner on small days.*
You can watch our video on Witch’s Rock below to see what it’s like!
Lastly, we do offer fishing tours in Playas del Coco, mostly in shore fishing, trolling and a bit of jigging. The last couple times we went in shore fishing we caught a couple tuna and mahi mahi.
The best times for fishing is during the rainy season (May to November) for mahi mahi but you can also catch snappers, bonitas, wahoo and black tunas during the rest of the year.
Have an amazing time Boating in Playas del Coco
If you want to experience Playas del Coco with a local, you need to book the private Gulf of Papagayo boating tours. The boat is comfortable for up to 6 people and his experience and knowledge of these waters is priceless. Most importantly, he is fully insured and is a licensed boat captain with decades of experience under his belt.
Above all, we love supporting local companies and businesses. When we were introduced to Marcy, we certainly knew that he was one Tico we had to share with our readers. Experience the real pura vida when you go out on the waters with an ocean loving Costa Rican. Trust me, it’ll be a memorable day!
Boating in Playas del Coco Tour Information
- These tours are in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
- A half day is from 8 AM – 12 PM or 2 to 6 PM (sunset). A full day is 8 AM – 4 PM or 10 AM to 6 PM (sunset).
- Morning is better for snorkeling and less wind. Afternoon includes sailing back during sunset.
- All tours include water, soda, juice, fruit and local beer.
- These are private tours, no open or shared tours.
- The boat can hold up to 6 people (children and adults) with a combined weight of 980 lbs.
- The boat is 23 feet long and doesn’t have a bathroom.
- For fishing tours, the boat only hold up to 4 people total.
- The boat has snorkel equipment and life jackets of all sizes.
- Pick up is complimentary from Playas del Coco beach. Please check the form below for pick up charges in other locations. If you have a rental car, you can drive to Playas del Coco to meet the boat.
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